AMD once tried to dispell the MHz/GHz myth when Intel's Netburst architecture was pushing clockspeeds to new heights. That was a long time ago, and these days AMD is totally psyched about its new FX-9590 processor, a Piledriver part that qualifies as the world's first commercially available 5GHz processor. It's actually stock clocked at 4.7GHz, though it can reach the braggadocios 5GHz mark under load (Turbo). Wondering how it benchmarks?
Wonder no more! The folks at KitGuru tossed the FX-9590 chip onto its treadmill of benchmarks, slapped its backside, and watched as it was off and running. The testbed it used consisted of a Gigabyte 990FXA-UD5 motherboard, 16GB of Corsair Vengeance Pro Series RAM clocked at 2,133MHz (10-11-11-28), Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 6GB Toxic graphics card, Patriot 240GB Pyro SE solid state drive (SSD) as the boot device, Patriot 240GB Wildfire SSD for storage, Corsair HX850 power supply, Asus Blu-ray drive, Lian Li X2000 chassis, and an Apple 30-inch Cinema HD display.
There are a whole bunch of benchmarks to digest, including PCMark 7, 3DMark 11, Cinebench R11.5, Tomb Raider, Metro: Last Light, and many more.
As was the case in the Netburst days, clockspeed isn't everything, which would explain why Intel's Core i7 4770K quad-core processor clocked at 4.5GHz trumped AMD's flagship part in several tests, including video encoding. We'll save our verdict for when we post our own evaluation, but in the meantime, it's looking like the FX-9590 is a pricey part that's going to have a tough time justifying the expenditure.